Christabel Addo – GNA
Accra, Sept. 10, GNA – Media practitioners
in Accra have benefited from a free health screening and medical services
organised by the Family Health Group with other stakeholders to improve their
health status towards sustained national development.
The stakeholders are the Lordina Foundation,
the National AIDS Control Programme and the Ghana Journalists Association.
The programme, on the theme: “Good Health
Better Life, the Role of Media Practitioners in Nation Building”, was to
provide a one-stop shop health service care facility for the testing and
treatment of a wide range of illnesses.
Services provided during the session
included screening for eye diseases, malaria, Hepatitis B, Blood Pressure,
Syphilis, Blood Sugar, HIV and AIDS, breast and cervical cancers as well as
other Gynaecological consultations and advice.
The programme was initiated by the
Management of the Family Health Group, comprising the Family Health Hospital,
Family Health Medical School and Family Health Nursing and Midwifery School.
Professor Yao Kwawukume, the President of
the Family Health Group, said although the media played a critical role in
national development, professionals were often confronted with peculiar
challenges with regards to health care.
By the nature of their work, he said, media
practitioners faced serious stress- related conditions but most of them had
little or no time for medical check-ups, leading to late reporting of
preventable illnesses and sometimes complications.
He said the Family Health Group, in
recognition of that and the invaluable role played by the media in nation
building, decided to organise the exercise for them in respect of its social
The target was to reach out to about 500
media practitioners from 90 media organisations.
He urged media practitioners to take
advantage of future programmes to check their health status and to secure
quality advice for good and healthy living.
Mr Alex Segbefia, the Minister of Health,
commended the organisers of the programme for the initiative and said the event
was a landmark because for the first time in the history of Ghana, the health
of media practitioners was being targeted for attention.
He commended the Lordina Foundation for the
tremendous support offered towards the success of the programme especially in
the provision of logistics.
The theme of the exercise: “Good Health
Better Life; the Role of Media Practitioners in Nation Building”, was very
important, he said, especially during an electioneering year when there was
much stress and tension on media practitioners from their increased work
Mr Segbefia said the Government was leaving
no stone unturned in securing quality health for Ghanaians and was thus
pursuing stringent policies, strategies as well as infrastructural expansions
to achieve the expected outcomes.
He said the use of the Mobile Van clinics
had tremendously helped in improving access to health care and brought it to
the doorstep of Ghanaians in hard to reach communities.
The Health Minister gave the assurance that
the Ministry would work at ensuring that the programme was expanded to the
other regions for the benefit of all media practitioners.